Global to network Capital, Heart and Smooth breakfast shows

Global will broadcast national breakfast shows on the Capital, Heart and Smooth networks by the end of this year, RadioToday can reveal.

Capital will go first with the London output replacing 14 breakfast programmes on the Capital network in England, Scotland and Wales on April 8th. Due to deregulation and larger ‘approved areas’, only nine drivetime shows will be provided instead of the current 14.

New rules will mean the merger of Capital Brighton and South Coast (Meridian), the merger of Capital Birmingham and East Midlands (already a merger of stations in Leicester, Nottingham and Derby) (Central), and the merger of Capital Manchester and Lancashire – being created by rebranding its latest purchase, 2BR, on the same day (North West).

London, Liverpool, North East and Yorkshire will retain a local Drive show, along with Scotland and Wales. The rest of the output will be networked with local news, ads and information.

Heart will get a single breakfast show across England, Scotland and Wales on all stations owned by Global and Communicorp in the coming months – putting an end to the current line-up of 22 breakfast shows and their teams. And instead of 23 separate drivetime shows, there will be 10 covering the enlarged areas.

For Smooth, a new national breakfast show will launch later in the year, replacing breakfast programmes in East Midlands, West Midlands, North West, Lake District, North East, Scotland and Wales. Drivetime programmes will be reduced too.

All local and regional weekend programmes on all brands will end with national programmes provided on all frequencies.

Global’s Founder & Executive President Ashley Tabor made the announcement to staff this morning in London and via video link to the rest of the company, along with plans to reduce their broadcast centres from 25 down to 14 – therefore closing 11 studio sites.

Merging the stations means fewer broadcast facilities are required, and RadioToday can bring you details of which sites will stay and which will remain:

The sites closing are:

  • Accrington
  • Brighton
  • Cambridge
  • Chelmsford
  • Exeter
  • Gloucester
  • Kendal
  • Kent
  • Lancaster
  • Norwich
  • Swindon

The sites remaining are:

  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Fareham
  • Glasgow
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Milton Keynes
  • Nottingham – non-broadcast (except Communicorp)
  • Reading – non-broadcast
  • Newcastle
  • Wrexham

Today’s news is a huge step for the commercial radio sector, says Ashley Tabor. He explained to staff that whilst it would mean change, the ability to lead the commercial radio sector’s next huge step, and to properly compete with BBC Radio 1 & 2 at breakfast time, is a huge opportunity.

He told RadioToday: “Whilst the new deregulation will mean some significant changes at an operational level, these bold steps enable Global to lead the way in launching the UK’s three largest national commercial radio breakfast shows. We’re really excited to combine the best national talent with our unique ability to include great local content in network shows on Heart, Capital and Smooth.”

Local news and travel information will continue to air on a local licence level as per legislation requirements, but the news teams will see “refreshed structures” along with engineering and marketing.

As a direct result of this move, a large number of presenters and staff will no longer be required across the group. Those affected will be put at risk of redundancy, with some being transferred to other sites. An exact number of those being put at risk today are unknown but are expected to be over 100 people.

Communicorp stations using the Capital, Heart and Smooth brand under licence are also taking the new breakfast shows. Mark Lee, Chief Executive Officer, also held a company-wide meeting on Tuesday morning to explain the changes. He told RadioToday: “Since we launched Communicorp UK in 2014 we have operated our Heart, Capital and Smooth stations through a brand licence from Global radio. This has worked extremely well for us, delivering strong growth in audience and revenue.

“Competition from the BBC and digital services will intensify over the coming years and the new national breakfast shows will ensure we continue to be successful. Whilst I am always concerned about changes which impact on our team, it is important that we continue to evolve and grow.”

Deregulation means Global can provide three hours a day of local programmes during daytime hours, in return for an ‘enhanced local news’ service, which translates into at least one local story per original Ofcom licence area being broadcast during each bulletin.

The move will see the creation of the three largest commercial radio breakfast shows in the UK, with 4.8m at Heart, 3.7m at Capital and 2.7 million listeners for Smooth each week.

RadioToday’s take

This is a landmark day in commercial radio.

Firstly, it pains us to write about the number of on-air talent, producers, journalists, engineers, promotions and marketing staff who may be affected by this news, and we’d like to wish you the best of luck with the outcome if you have just been told you are at risk. There will be people around to help both at Global and those who have sadly been through the same procedure – please do grab every opportunity of help and advice you can.

So – at least some of this news has been expected since Ofcom announced deregulation in October 2018. And in true Global style, the company is grabbing the bull by the horns and getting things done. Networked breakfast shows have been predicted for many years in the commercial radio sector, but this bold move means it will actually be a reality this year.

Token three-hour drive shows across larger areas will replace the current offering of local breakfast and drive shows. One example is the replacement of four Heart Breakfast programmes in the West (currently from Bristol, Exeter, Gloucester, Swindon) by a national show, plus five drivetime shows merged into one.

The presenters of the new national breakfast shows and regional drivetime programmes have not been disclosed, but we’re expecting announcements nearer the time of switching.

All this talk of development, growth, networking, consolidation and next steps also means fewer people will be required. The closure of 10 locations is a massive shock but not unexpected in the long run. Newly purchased stations and locations in the North – Kendal, Lancaster and Burnley will all close, leaving nothing but a transmitter.

We’re exploring what this development means for the wider radio industry and jobs around the stations throughout the morning so come back soon for further stories here at RadioToday.

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  1. Nigel says

    Global leading the way again. Very clever business.

  2. RathergoodDAB says

    Only a matter of time before Bauer announce the same, so many talented radio industry professionals have, and will continue to lose their jobs. Knowing this I must amend my previous statement, today is the death of local radio.

    Guess we will all have to check Facebook for our local news and events…

    1. Mike Rose says

      only a matter of time before Global becomes a sole provider of commercial radio as well. Commercial mergers have been going on since the 60s. This episode won’t be the last. Very sad for those affected but these are the times I’m afraid.

  3. Kevin says

    Ashley bleating on about exciting times for Global only serves to highlight their insensitivity. Over 100 people are not using the word exciting this morning. Another sad day.

    1. Mr Boltar says

      Tabor is just another ignorant sociopathic rich kid who’s never had to struggle to pay the bills and doesn’t have a clue about what life is like when you don’t have a millionaire daddy to fall back on. No doubt on Planet Ashley staff are just disposable assets rather than talent to be nurtured.

  4. Russ says

    Who didn’t see this coming. Been bubbling for the past 12 months with de-regs happening. Some good people losing their jobs.

  5. Craig Strong says

    O M F G!!!!

  6. Len Groat says

    He’s is joking of course…

    “Today’s news is a huge step for the commercial radio sector”

    …. says Ashley Tabor

    The UK is in a FAR stronger position financially now than when ILR was launched in the 70s…. There is NO need for this financial move – all it does is increase profit

    ….. so it’s PATHETIC than the ‘Government’ and Ofcom allow this – it’s clearly “££ first” , listener LAST…..

    Global will end up with a rabble of grade 3 TV stars on these networked shows..

    And it makes it clear how pathetic the ’30 under 30″ scheme is… where will THEY go now!?

    Meanwhile…… the BBC Local stations continue.. oblivious of the fact they are haemorrhaging both licence fee money and listeners…

    1. sj says

      It’s devastating for all the talented people facing uncertainty. Many of us have been there. But the sole purpose of any business, including commercial radio, is to make a profit. So you can’t blame Global, Ofcom or the government. Global’s a commercial entity seeking to make a profit – it’s not a charity. I agree, BBC local radio needs to change and I hope this is an opportunity for them and community radio to grab a bigger slice of the audience that cares about local.

      1. Mr Boltar says

        The sole purpose of a business might be to make profit, but when they’re running a public service there should be controls – eg utility companies can’t just charge what they like, train companies can’t cancel every train that doesn’t make a profit. Ditto commerical radio companies should be forced to keep some local broadcasting whether it makes a profit or not and if they don’t like it they’re free to hand back the license and let someone else have a go.

        1. sj says

          This is precisely my point! They’re not running a public service. The UK’s public service broadcaster is the BBC. And community radio was set up to look after the interests of their hyper-local areas. Commercial radio is exactly that… a purely commercially-driven service. We have a range of different sectors in this country.

          1. Mr Boltar says

            There was a reason commercial local radio wasn’t initially simply licensed as national. Unfortunately the spineless wastes of space in Ofcom have forgotten this.

    2. N1 says

      Len Groat will always be remembered as the man that rebranded Leicester Sound as Sound FM and networked it from Trent FM in Nottingham. Its only when BRMB took over Trent did they reverse this decision and re-re-brand is back to Leicester Sound. Your were another Ashley.

    3. Lord Reith says

      Len don’t be rude about BBC Sussex/Surrey. The Managing and Deputy Editor have no RAJAR figures for Surrey and are therefore using a crystal ball. They are obviously not experienced in BBC LR and sadly they’re letting themselves and other team members down. You and me know that no one listens to BBC Surrey. But sadly they don’t know. I have offered to help them and told them some painful decisions need to be made. Sadly they carry on…

  7. Michael V says

    I really don’t know what to say. We were waiting for this but now, it’s sad to see it announced.

  8. Mike S says

    Shocking news. Global will not be local radio. Bauer to follow no doubt shortly. Pure profit over purpose.
    It’s breathtaking that Ofcom and the Government have presided over this and the death of most of local radio in less than 40 years.

    1. Rock1 says

      Global’s business plan is to move away from local radio and put the money into making national stations to rival the BBC. If you want local radio, tune to the BBC or the community services. Just because you don’t like what they are doing doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

      1. Peter says

        Creating this national brand isn’t wrong. But buying popular, useful stations only to shut them down is absolutely wrong. Can you explain how destroying existing stations instead of enhancing their own stations is right please? This is wrong for everyone, bar Global’s greed. I have banned all Global stations in my house and removed them from the presets in my car. No massive loss though, especially as Heart is a steaming turd.

  9. Rob says

    I’m sad to hear that more stations are closing. I was unlucky enough to be made redundant back in 2008 just before Global took over GCap and was disheartened to see good people at great stations across the South West lose their jobs because of the networking. I’m not surprised it’s happened, but it’ll be a real shame to see Exeter close it’s doors. I just hope that these great talented people (the presenters, news teams, engineers etc) are snapped up by the other local radio stations and the BBC.

  10. Jake says

    Commercial radio is becoming more fake and centralised by the minute. Pushing the events aside, I think it would be a great idea to give the abandoned broadcasting facilities back to independent local radio or community radio. Give an area a voice back and make a real positive out of this move!

    1. Mike S says

      Excellent idea Jake, but I doubt it will happen.

  11. dave smith says

    shocking decison so much for choice robotic gibberish bring back pirates on a ship

    1. Lord Reith says

      Dave look more closely to the former land based pirate “Radio Jackie” which is not part of a group and live 24/7 and local.

    2. Victoria says

      My husband was the very well respected and long-serving MD of The Bay & Lakeland Radio before Global (Heart & Smooth FM) took over last year. The Bay & Lakeland Radio covered a vast area, connecting local people together, bringing a platform for promotion and subsequent prosperity to local businesses through successful local advertising and support, it was instrumental in it’s unique communications during Storm Desmond, getting recommendations from the Police Commissioner and Parliament for it’s knowledgable input, endless drive and community service during and after this disaster, plus it’s selfless immeasurable input into other community support events, concerts and fundraising activities. There was a real team spirit present within the relatively small team at The Bay & Lakeland, more so than I have seen in 30 years of working in the NHS: they really CARED about the community they served. The energy and drive that these two particular stations had was incomparable. There is absolutely nothing now in this vast area that gives the same public voice that The Bay & Lakeland Radio gave, and the people concerned within OFCOM and the Government who are charged with making these political decisions to dilute and ultimately destroy Local Radio like some sort of Monopoly game, should be wholly ashamed of their ill-advised and fiscally driven choices, which ideally should have been given a Public Vote. I have read some of the rather dismissive comments on here and would like to point out to those who quite obviously have not been involved closely in the industry that unless you have extensive experiential knowledge of something, it is better to keep your opinions to yourselves.

      1. Mr Boltar says

        Unfortunately in a lot of spheres of life, not just radio, some people can only think in terms of money and don’t have the mental capacity to see the bigger picture.

      2. John Tudor says

        I too remember back working at the Bay, it was a fantastic place to be, sad to see it go.

    3. Rock1 says

      There are loads of pirate style radios stations on the internet if that’s what you want. Globals business plan is put the money into making national stations to rival the BBC.

  12. AJM says

    I’d like to express sympathy to on air staff loosing their jobs as well as office based staff facing redundancy.

    Recently heard the end of the extended drivetime with James Dundon when Cornwall had the snow. A reminder that local radio still has a role.
    This will surely make it harder to respond to major local events.

  13. Joe Smith says

    “Today’s news is a huge step for the commercial radio sector, says Ashley Tabor”

    Absolutely. A huge step to the jobcentre for the employees, a huge step to the bank for Mr Tabor and his mates and a huge step into oblivion for the radio listening public.

  14. Radio Producer says

    As usual, ‘No Teeth’ Ofcom simply roll over and let this happen.
    The good old shareholders will be laughing all the way to the bank…. What a saving… We don’t need the staff… Get rid… We can network and voice track… The listeners? …. Oh bugger them,…. They’re just a pain we have to put up with….
    Well Done Global… Ha ha… Pass the champagne….

    1. neal says

      So True. What you don’t bloody get Ashley is that it never was the remit of LOCAL RADIO to compete with a national bloody station. More people losing their jobs as per usual in this sodding country so those with already overflowing pockets full of cash just get richer and can go and buy another flash house or car. Ofcom you are more pathetic by the day. Just close down as we don’t need to waste money on you as you just let everybody do what the hell they like anyway! Oh sorry I forgot we have to keep you so you can kick off about a four letter swear word going out at 2am in the morning on a cash stretched community station!

      1. John King says

        Neal – beautifully put and without a shadow of a doubt the sentiments of the majority. The avarice of a few individuals presiding over the removal of many livelihoods.
        Ironic that a tabor is a portable snare drum that can be played with one hand. It keeps a hand free for Ashley to live out what he is and how his company treats people.

    2. sj says

      Seriously… this is no different to any other business in any other industry. It’s 2019 and radio doesn’t have to be heavily regulated anymore. We have internet radio, community radio, BBC local radio, Spotify… so much entertainment and info at our fingertips. The average listener DOES NOT CARE whether their music and jocks are coming from Leicester Square or Nottingham. I know that’s tough for people on a radio website to hear. But it’s true.

      1. Mr Boltar says

        “The average listener DOES NOT CARE whether their music and jocks are coming from Leicester Square or Nottingham”

        And you know this how? Have you asked them all?

        1. sj says

          Firstly you can look at Rajar and watch how generally, with few exceptions, stations’ audiences have risen after Global have rebranded them. Sticking with the Nottingham theme, take Capital East Midlands. That audience has risen since the demise of Trent, Ram and Leicester Sound. Capital in Birmingham and Manchester beat the more locally-based Bauer services. Secondly, just speak to friends and family who don’t work in radio. I doubt they’re even aware of where the stations they listen to are based. They listen in a very different way to us. So, that’s my answer to you. Now, out of interest, do you believe otherwise and, if so, why?

          1. Mr Boltar says

            1) The rajar figures seem to have gone up for everyone recently which makes me suspicious about their methodoloy.
            2) I very much doubt anyone thinks “Ooo, the programs coming from London now, I better listen!”
            3) Its amazing what chucking money at a marketing budget will do.
            4) There clearly is a market for local radio otherwise BBC local listeners would all clear off to BBC National not to mention the listeners community and pirate stations pull in.

          2. N1 says

            I agree with you SJ. It’s only the radio annoraks that are bothered by where the studio and transmitter are located.

  15. Bob says

    The fightback can now commence. Technology means smart speakers and local digital stations coupled with truly local advertiser’s can win. Global have transmitters. But RAJAR will soon realise their model is also broken. With measured actual listeners on smart speakers funding true ROI for advertiser’s.

    Talent could in theory still continue in their local area. Whilst this may seem a devastating change; it’s been a long held possiblity – but now programmers and local sellers have the ammunition to go do their own thing. Habits are changing. You can all still win!

    (From a former radio person – who is winning)

  16. Jon Wood says

    Awful situation for the people in these jobs – hope everyone can find employment. Strange that Global claim to be making record profits but then are now cost saving in such a big way

  17. David says

    There are too many talentless people working on local radio, it’s about time this happened. Who listens anyway? I don’t want to hear radio jocks prattling on about nothing with stupid set up links and music that the stations think we want to hear. Listening to your own choice of music is the way forward.

    1. Rock1 says


  18. Ian Scott says

    The Kent studio base will close.

    In Global’s Meridian area list of station, they have forgotten they own the West Kent (Heart) licence. The East Kent one is listed.

    So . . . as West Kent Heart isn’t listed, they will now have to provide a separate 24/7/365 100% local service, from a studio centre they are closing.

    Have Global become so large, that they have forgotten what licences they actually own?


    1. Len Groat says

      Ian Scott:

      … if that is right… it’s what my mother used to call ‘God’s punishment’

      …and Tabor is NOT God… even though he acts like he is !

      1. Ian Scott says

        OK, I’ll correct what I said (humble pie bit).

        It seems that the original two discrete East & West Kent licences were rolled in to a single licence covering both. And it is listed.

        Going to lie down in a darker room now . . . (:

  19. Mark says

    Local radio is pretty shambolic, look at FREE Radio in Birmingham owas once (when it was BRMB) a great station, it was always for Birmingham, local events, concerts, traffic from the flying eye. Now of course all that is available on a smart phone. So what does local radio do, it plays music, and allows local people to ring in and win a luch at Greggs.

    Its far better that there are a range of good quality national stations, with local news input and leave the local-ness to BBC local radio that are now playing music so they are becoming the old style local radio.

    I haven’t listenened to comercial local radio for years and years. Given that for a long time either most of the stations are networked and the local breakfast and drive are basically a dj sat in a studio in that region playing the same songs as the other stations in the same order, its not really local radio.

    So lets cut all the faffing around, make the main brands national, let BBC do local, let the niche like Radio X, Scala etc be on dab then there is something for everyone.

    1. N1 says

      I agree Mark. It’s just the handful of annoraks that complain

      1. Mr Boltar says

        Since you keep writing that same vacuous comment everywhere you might want to learn to spell “anoraks”.

        1. n1 says

          You sound a delightful person!

          1. Joe Smith says

            Certainly more delightful than you.

            (Not that that is difficult obviously).

  20. iven says

    thats progress for you

    sad day for all of UK radio


  21. Lee says

    Typical Global! First out the door. Radio at it lowest common denominator. I don’t like this company!

  22. Ron Dobbyn says

    How long before Nick Ferrari plays music at Breakfast? Great songs for him” You talk too much ” ( Joe Jones) ” Stand up ! Sit Down! , Shut your Mouth!”( Simon Crum) ,and ” A little Less Conversation” ( Elvis). The Duncan Barkes radio London show isn’t so good since he started playing Music.

    1. Allan Wallace says

      He’s Misstra Know It All (Stevie Wonder).

  23. RadioGaGa says

    Any Commercial Radio station owner is not in the business out of the goodness of their own heart with an never ending pot of money they are throwing into the fire. They are in it to make money just like any other Business out there.

    Many Local Commercial radio stations struggle to hit Sales targets and make money. Loss making Stations aren’t sustainable.

    People need to face the harsh reality that Commercial Local Radio isn’t what it once was & to survive in any form, then these sorts of changes are required.

    Change like this is hard & does have a big impact but this is down to many factors and consumers are driving this change over anyone else like OFCOM, Government, Station owners etc.

    1. Neal says

      So how the hell do you explain how Radio Jackie in the Kingston area of London survives without the need to be taken over by bloody Global. Pray tell me if God Ashley thinks his product is so bloody brilliant why does he need to take everything over. I hate companies like Global with a vengeance but you lot out there who think they and Ofcom are so bloody great rock on. Let’s see you all laugh on the other side of your faces when a similar scenario of companies like Global are allowed to run riot and you are out of a job! But hey I suspect most of those on here who sing Global’s praises are in a position where the don’t rely of having a job!

  24. Radio Geordie says

    I thought that it was a landmark day for radio the other week when Bauer bought up a huge swathe of licences?
    Today’s news is of little surprise.

    I’m just surprised that Liverpool’s Capital wasn’t closed as well along with Heart’s Morecambe Bay licence merged with Manchester as both fall under Ofcom’s North West approved area.

    The thing I’m not getting is that all 3 buildings in the East of England (Norwich, Cambridge & Chelmsford) are all closing. Where’s their so-called local service coming from? Surely it couldn’t be from Milton Keynes? Surley, that’s not part of the East of England area is it? My geography’s not that bad.

    As regards with the networking, today Global, tomorrow Bauer.

  25. Bill Bixby says

    I would struggle to see how a Scottish audience will be “happy” with a neutral/English breakfast show on what they regard as their local/regional stations – Heart Scotland, Smooth Glasgow and Capital Scotland. I think they are underestimating how annoyed Scottish people get when this stuff isn’t local.

  26. Sheila J says

    ILR……is dead

    1. Lord Reith says

      Yep…. ILR is dead

      Where will people go to hear about school closures, trains and buses in bad weather (e.g. snow).

      BBC LR looks likely to become the source of information and the listener will probably stay point.

      OFCOM needs to be abolished and a local radio authority established. Those industry experts need to shut up and listen to the listener.

      Today has been a disaster for commercial radio.

      1. Jeff Featherstone says

        When was the last time anyone listened to local rsdio to hear about svhool closures? People go online for information like that.

        1. Rock1 says

          Well said Jeff – All local stations sound the same, so they might as well have one big station and save money. Well done Ashley.

        2. Joe Smith says

          Can you find information about svhool closures online?

          1. n1 says

            Yes – all schools have there own website and twitter accounts and are required to update through this method rather than via radio now. (I work in education)

          2. Joe Smith says

            You don’t teach irony obviously.

  27. Philippa says

    It’s business unfortunately. Hopefully jocks saw this coming and have a 2nd source of income already….. had 10 years to prepare! I was one of the first daytime network shows in the UK where local people lost their jobs…. and it didn’t feel great. I hope Global are more supportive to those that have lost their jobs than they were back in 2008…there is always something better, you just can’t see it always at first….

  28. Gav says

    If I wanted to listen to a national radio station I would but I don’t that’s why I listen to my local smooth station where the breakfast show puts you in a good mood for the day and makes you feel part of the show. I for one won’t be listening to the new national show.

  29. Rob de Mink says

    The alternative, UDJ is a breath of fresh air – we are a global station with world class DJs – DJs who are passionate about the music they play – and passionate about what they say….DJs from Radio Luxembourg, BBC etc. The Station of the Stars..

  30. Steve Card says

    Sad news breaking..i listen to Heart West Mids and Heart NorthWest. Brilliant shows..what a great sjame to lose ahows like more a heart listener !

  31. wrent9 says

    You know this is bad when Gigi Hadid complains on Twitter about the closures!

    She claims if Global Radio did it to a New York City station, people would be pissed off!

  32. Dave Thomas says

    Sad but inevitable.
    As soon as licences stopped being allocated to stand-alone radio stations and groups started to be formed, the descent from ILR started. There aren’t many more steps to go before we have a few national stations with no local input at all.

  33. Sam says

    Whilst I know this is a very sad day for local radio, and my heart goes out to all my colleagues who will be affected by this news, as an employee of Global I would like to say that this will not have been a decision made lightly.

    Global is a people company, and I firmly believe it is a great business to work for. It’s vision, investment and industry leading initiatives such as the Global Academy all encourage young fresh and exciting talent to join the audio services industry. The way we needed to create DAX, entered the festival and now outdoor market shows the commitment Global has to being able to future proof itself as a leading media and entertainment company.

    This decision is one we knew would be coming, whilst it is sad, it is not unexpected unfortunately. Whilst this doesn’t make it any easier for those affected, Global is a business and it is simply securing its long term success to grow and deliver radio to an evolving market.

    We all consume radio differently now to what we did 10 years ago, and Global has needed to make this difficult decision to ensure it delivers this to its mainstream audience.

    A few comments here suggest it, but they are right in saying it is only a few people who really care where their local service is broadcast from – the majority just want music, entertainment and access to talent, which all of Global’s services deliver extremely well.

    A sad day, but one necessary to compete in a future market place for 2019 and beyond.

    My thoughts with everyone at Global who is affected by yesterday’s news.

    1. Joe Smith says

      “Whilst I know this is a very sad day for local radio, and my heart goes out to all my colleagues who will be affected by this news, as an employee of Global I would like to say that this will not have been a decision made lightly.”

      Indeed I’d imagine it was a decision made after an extremely heavy lunch.

  34. Alex says

    No doubt the thousands of middle managers that seem to be the only people left in work, will give themselves loads of awards at ridiculously expensive ceremonies for this #RadioIsDead #Golgafrinchams #SameSongsEveryHour #SpotifyWins

  35. Jack says

    Let’s just boycott the heart and capital networks when it comes into power and all start listening to our local BBC Stations. The sooner that imbecile realises that local radio is so important to everyone up and down the country, the better.

    The only way he will realise this is when his ‘Competitors’ thrash his station in figures Locally and not a network nationally

    1. mb23 says

      His main competitors are announcing their plans tomorrow.

    2. n1 says

      Crazy idea – it won’t affect anything. Global are producing radio for the masses.

  36. Lee says

    Jack – couldn’t agree more.

  37. Steve says

    As a founding director of a couple of the few truly independent commercial radio stations left in England, I’ve read the balance of comment here with interest and some sadness. Those of us who run small scale local commercial stations and have done so for many years often won them the hard way in the face of stiff competition and you might ask yourself in that context how easily they’ll give them up. For our story go to

    Hopefully, it might just provide some grounds for optimism in what, for many people, will have been a difficult couple of weeks, with no doubt challenging times ahead.

  38. Radio Geordie says

    Time to get the Tom Petty song The Last DJ out.

  39. sally summerfield says

    This is Devastating news for the amazing local radio that we have from Heart in Cornwall it won’t be the same and I for sure won’t listen to Heart again if this change occurs wherever Matt, Vic and James go I’ll be listening there not here! 🙁 such a shame just all about the money I used to listen to radio one but when they changed their shows and stated they were targeting the younger people “radio 1 is not for people over 35” they said I turned off and never went back, if we all did this with Heart they wouldn’t be going anywhere so hopefully people will do this.

  40. Laser 558 says

    Sad really that such a rich heritage in U K radio serving local communities with the alternative being the BBC stations is eroded through the amalgamation of services and all these commercial groups can think is let’s take on the BBC nationally in a head to head when in reality they have no chance. Radio has largely lost its way with few personalities left in the industry and it is a few old hands that are liked and listened to on a regular basis at national level whereas at local level you could find personalities who you listen to and this is a bit like the pirate stations in the 60’s 70’s and 80’s when you had real broadcasters who the listener could relate to. Today this rarely exists. Breakfast programmes are an example where it takes two to present. Why. All you need is music time checks, travel and news and possibly something about the artist or track/record. The rest is a waste of time and irritating to the average listener but that is where the owners get it wrong, the listener is superfluous and is largely ignored.

  41. Sj says

    The brutal fact is that local radio doesn’t pay because not enough people care about it. The average, non-anorak listener will opt for a big, easy to understand brand – and we all know the audiences will continue to rise! It’s called capitalism, pardon the pun. So let’s all mourn the old days and try to support those affected, but please, don’t kid yourself that forcing big groups to do more local hours would in any way benefit listeners. I know my parents will still be listening to Heart this time next year and the world will keep turning!

  42. dj jamie says

    i remember when 95.8 capital FM was great, every one had missive aerials so they could try & pick it up miles out of the intended area ,with proper dj’s pat sharp chris tarrent dr fox now its dribble!!!! bring back more pirates!

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